Britain's most famous New Town, Milton Keynes was built in the 1960s in order to combat London's growing population. But despite its modest modern roots, it has gone on to become one of the most distinctive places in the UK. Today it represents a milestone in urban development, with a well-planned grid system, over 300 roundabouts and a vast array of parks, walks, and cycle paths. It's simply one of the greenest and most leisure-friendly towns in the country.
Milton Keynes is located close to one of the most important landmarks in modern British history. It was at nearby Bletchley Park that British scientists cracked codes created by the German Enigma and Lorenz machines - a breakthrough in WW2 that was celebrated in the movie The Imitation Game.
The museum at Bletchley is a must and houses one of the world's first modern digital computers, Colossus. For a family-friendly attraction, head to the Gulliver's Land theme park, which takes its inspiration from the famous tale by Jonathan Swift. Set alongside the Willen Lakeside Park, it offers rides, waterslides and animal encounters.
A little way west of there you'll find Xscape, Europe's largest indoor snow slope, offering thrills for skiers and boarders alike. There's also a large skateboarding arena - known as the Buszy - just outside Milton Keynes station. Culture comes in the shape of Milton Keynes Theatre, the region's leading live entertainment venue. It has a 1,400 seat auditorium and welcomes West End touring productions, as well as staging its own dance, drama, music and comedy shows.
And of course, there are great shopping opportunities in Milton Keynes too. The Centre MK has every high street name you could wish for, including branches of John Lewis and House of Fraser, alongside restaurants and cafes and a covered outdoor market.
Finding cheap train tickets to Milton Keynes is probably easier than you might think. Not only that but there are more ways than one to travel to Milton Keynes by train for less and we've highlighted them below. Whether you're getting a train to Milton Keynes for work or leisure, our Journey Planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.
You can get cheap train tickets to Milton Keynes by using a National Railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible Railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on food, somewhere to stay and entertainment during your time in this modern addition to southern England. To see the different types of Railcards, eligibility requirements and to purchase one online, check out our Railcards page.
Book early and pay less by getting an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares to Milton Keynes. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you're off to Milton Keynes for a night out or to visit friends and family, be on the lookout for “Advance tickets” when you search for tickets using our Journey Planner, or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price could go up.
If your travel times aren't set in stone, why not travel during Off-Peak periods, or buy Return train tickets instead of two singles or even catch the train in a group of three to nine people and benefit from a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our train ticket types page and discover other useful ways to get the best value train fares.
Want even more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Look at our cheap train tickets page.
*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some railcard types.